Health

Rural health needs a strategy

Four key areas an incoming federal government must address to help rural Australians get healthier and live longer have been identified by the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) Promoted as the nation’s peak body for rural, regional and remote health, the NRHA has also listed in detail what needs to be done in each area. …

Support for slip, slap, slop, seek, slide

The federal opposition’s plan for an $8.6 million national sun protection awareness campaign would significantly reduce the social and economic costs of skin cancer, according to Cancer Council Australia. Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Public Health Committee, Anita Dessaix, says Australia is the world’s skin cancer capital, yet this is one of the most preventable …

Immunisation call to action

A worryingly small 10 percent of Australians believe that children are part of the groups that should be immunised according to survey results published today by the Immunisation Coalition. Yet children and young adults can and do get influenza severely, as shown in 2017 when children less than 15 years accounted for 27% of all …

Osteoporosis chief’s global award

Osteoporosis Australia’s CEO, Greg Lyubomirsky, has won the 2019 International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) President’s Award for his exceptional contribution to the field of bone research. The award, presented at the World Congress of Osteoporosis in Paris on April 5, acknowledges outstanding commitment and contribution to advancing education and awareness in osteoporosis. Mr Lyubomirsky is only …

Illicit drugs linked to fatal strokes

A Journal of Forensic Sciences study from Australia is the first to present national data of psychostimulant use in young adults who experienced a fatal stroke. Investigators found that from 2009 to 2016, psychostimulant users constituted nearly a fifth of the 279 cases of fatal stroke in adults aged 15-44 years, most of which had evidence …

$10m in new funding for endometriosis

The Liberal National government will provide more support for women with endometriosis with new funding to raise awareness of the disease and research to improve the treatment and understanding of this often misunderstood and crippling condition. Endometriosis is a chronic menstrual health disorder that affects around 700,000 Australian women and girls. $9 million in government …

$40m plan to revive anti-smoking campaign

Cancer Council Australia has commended the federal Opposition for its $40 million commitment to revive Australia’s landmark National Tobacco Campaign, which could prevent more than 55,000 deaths and save at least $740 million in healthcare costs. Cancer Council Australia CEO, Professor Sanchia Aranda, said the Opposition’s $40 million plan would be the most significant investment …

Budget benefits brain disorders

The budget has delivered a win for people living with brain disorders in Australia, with a $7 million funding boost for research aimed at developing improved models of care. The clinical and research translation program, led by the Mindgardens Neuroscience Network, will build new models of care to address the burden of brain disorders in …

Tackling rural syphilis

The Morrison government is again stepping up the fight against the syphilis outbreak affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in central, northern and southern Australia. Syphilis is preventable and treatable, but without treatment can be deadly. In order to provide treatment, the government has begun rolling out phase 3 of its enhanced response to …

Racism and access issues in rural health

Improved access to healthcare and the abolition of discrimination and racism in remote and rural areas featured strongly in Australia’s 15th National Rural Health Conference. Ear, nose and throat surgeon Kelvin Kong, of the University of Newcastle School of Medicine and Public Health, used his opening address to stun the conference audience by showing an …